The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the creators of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), mapped out where qualifications originating from countries worldwide fit on the ISCED scale in 1997. In 2011, revisions were made to the ISCED levels, partly to give greater recognition to the variety of tertiary stages of global education. According to the 1997 mapping, there are two stages of tertiary education: first-stage of tertiary and second-stage of tertiary. The 2011 levels, meanwhile, identify short-cycle tertiary, bachelor’s level or equivalent, master’s level or equivalent and doctoral level or equivalent programmes as separate stages of education.
Unesco is scheduled to produce an official update on where worldwide qualifications fit within this new framework in 2014. In the meantime, Study Travel Magazine has made its own interpretation of the new framework – please note that it is an unofficial guide.
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